July 6 – 9, 2017 at Snow Mountain Ranch Fraser, CO
2017 Co-Directors: Devi Browne, Lynn Kalinauskas & Minda Kochis
What does Indian Nepalese Heritage camp mean to your family?
- What is most valuable to our family about Heritage Camp is being able to connect with others who travel the same path in life as our family. There is a sense of “wholeness” that comes from being a part of the Heritage Camp experience. Through camp, our daughter has found a place and community that completely understands and accepts her 100% for who she is. There is a sense of belonging and understanding that doesn’t come from any other community of which we are a part.
- I love that all of us find our little tribe — as an adoptee, as an adoptive parent, as global-thinkers. It’s just a great environment to raise our kids!
- Meeting and bonding with everyone. Working with all the beautiful children. It’s one of our highlights every year!!!
- Focusing on adoption issues, workshops from adult adoptees, my children being with other adopted children in transracial families and the connections over the years, children reconnecting, having fun together! Thank you.
FOUR DAYS A SUMMER…IMPACT FOR LIFE!
For more than 20 years, families from across the country have gained a fuller appreciation of India and Nepal’s beautiful culture at Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp (INHC). Friendships are created, strengthened and renewed each year — friendships that endure across the miles. INHC, the second of eleven camps developed by the highly respected Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families non-profit organization, is a family camp with programming for each member of the family from ages 3 to adult. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers.
During camp, we explore the unique gifts and challenges that come from being mostly transracial adoptive families. For those few days in July, adults and children are with a sea of families who are just like them.
We celebrate the children’s birth countries, India and Nepal, and we also celebrate adoption as a culture of its own. The familiarity and sense of identity that comes with being with other families “just like theirs” is what bonds the children and their families and gives them a deep sense of belonging. The participation and contributions from Indian and Nepalese adult adoptees are invaluable to our campers, and to their parents as well. INHC also has a huge “extended family” of Indian and Nepali community members who provide unwavering support throughout the year and attend our camp.
We are in the exciting planning stages for INHC2017!
Each year at INHC we delve deep into a theme that takes over every aspect of camp in amazing ways. This year, as we gather in the Colorado mountains, we will be “Honoring Our Journeys.” Our children come from a range of places in both India and Nepal. Their stories are distinctive of their individual journeys through adoption and family. As roads intersect to form the collective story of camp, we will pay homage to our children’s birth countries, respect the disparate paths we’ve all taken and acknowledge the new places and experiences that are yet to come!
Mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer! Watch this site in the new year for updates about this year’s guest presenters, workshops, and activities as they are confirmed.